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Spent no money on secret funds for journalists in 5 years: PM Abbasi

10:29 AM | 30 May, 2018
Spent no money on secret funds for journalists in 5 years: PM Abbasi
ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Wednesday that the incumbent government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had pledged to ensure free journalism in Pakistan since it held the reins.

Addressing an awards ceremony at All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) in Islamabad, Abbasi said that the government took steps to ensure freedom of expression in the country. He asked journalists present on the occasion that if the government performed its responsibility or not.

He boasted about ending secret funds for journalists, claiming that the PML-N never spent a rupee in the wake of the hidden funds to the journalist community.

Fact-based reporting is necessary for the country, he said, adding that media should criticize the policies but it should also highlight the positive developments made by the government.

He further said that the government introduced reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Gilgit-Baltistan, adding that more reforms were needed. "We have given direction to Pakistan," he added.

Talking about upcoming elections, Abbasi hoped that there would be free and fair elections in the country. Citing unpredicted change in Balochistan where PML-N government was sent packing in days, the premier said that such kind of happening in coming elections would not be in the interest of Pakistan.

Elections in Pakistan are scheduled to be held on July 25 this year, as the ruling PML-N completes its five-year term on May 31.

After this, a caretaker setup headed by interim prime minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk will take over to ensure a transparent and free elections in the country.

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US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 23 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 23, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.25 for buying and 280.70 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 354.5 and selling rate is 358.35.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.40 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65

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